Pernes-les-Fontaines - Media Library
Pernes-les-Fontaines 84,210 – Vaucluse Population: 9,807
Located in the Vaucluse, in the heart of the agricultural plain of Comtat Venaissin, the municipality of Pernes-les-Fontaines has set up a new media library on its territory. The outcome of this project is now a major factor in the development of the cultural life of the community. This reinforces its dynamism.
The Pernes-les-Fontaines media library had the ambition of becoming a place of discovery, leisure and information accessible to all. Since its opening, this bet has been successful. Its strategic location at the edge of the historic center and in the immediate vicinity of its center of life offers a certain visibility. The main objective of the Media Library is to create bridges between books, multimedia and gaming by making various resources and media available and by offering a variety of cultural programming.
The building is characterized by a sober and contemporary architecture. It is on one level, easily accessible. This vast area merges the library and the game library to create a common space capable of offering maximum resources. The decompartmentalization of the main consultation spaces makes it possible to promote exchanges between the different generations.
The centre of the media library includes the press, youth, adult and multimedia areas. It provides access to a “storytime” room that includes consoles and video games. A workspace is also set up near these spaces. Located in the centre of the building and open to the outside, the patio presents an additional space for consultation and relaxation for users.
In addition, the media library includes in the southern part of its premises a reading area, a space dedicated to early childhood with a reading cabin and a game library giving access to an enclosed garden, accessible to users. It also has a multi-purpose room that can make use of auditorium, located in the northern part of the building.
In order to make users aware of digital and technological developments, digital media are offered in the multimedia area of the media library. It includes computers, game consoles, e-readers and tablets that provide access to various digital resources and applications selected by librarians. The collections include many books, CDs, DVDs and video games that are made available to the public and can be consulted on site or borrowed.
A multitude of animations are offered for children, such as writing and DIY workshops, games or animated readings for the little ones. Adults have the opportunity to participate in computer initiation workshops, creative workshops around video or digital photography, as well as conferences followed by debates. The media library also presents shows for all audiences, storytelling sessions, screenings and meetings with authors. By offering a wide variety of activities, it promotes cultural practice in all its forms and thus promotes the creativity and curiosity of the audiences attending it.
Through the development of public reading, play, recreation, the means of communication and digital technology, the municipality of Pernes-les-Fontaines has an ambition of departmental influence. The new media library is a major cultural place in the Pernois landscape and thus contributes to enriching the cultural offer offered there.
This sheet was prepared by Amélia Dreystadt, a trainee at the Drac Paca with the Advisor for Books and Reading as part of a Master’s degree in Law and Management of Culture and Media at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Aix-Marseille.
Architects : Atelier Mossé-Gimmig (Marseille)
Localization : Pernes-les-Fontaines
Size of media library : 900 m2
Estimated cost of the work of the media library : €1,669,914.50 excluding tax
State aid €834,957 excluding tax